The Democrat left is going apoplectic concerning President Trump’s comments concerning Haiti declaring his statements prove Donald Trump is a straight up racist.

The only problem with this reaction is that while President Trump’s language might have been less crude (a phrase that is evergreen) concerning it, he’s correct concerning Haiti and moreover the people screaming the loudest and most self righteously about it know it.

Don’t believe me, fine, then ask yourself these questions about Haiti:

Would you go to Haiti to vacation?

Would you go to Haiti to retire?

Does Haiti have a reliable electric grid

Does Haiti have safe drinking water?

Would you feel safe to walk the streets?

Can you could on local officials taking care of a problem for you without a bribe?

Would you feel comfortable being treated in a Haitian Hospital by doctors certified in Haiti?

Then ask yourself the same questions concerning the Dominican Republic which is located on the same island to the east and see if your answers differ.

A more practical example:  My parish helps fund Catholic schools in Haiti, in fact we are doing our fundraiser now where we raise money and donate items for the kids down there.  It’s noble work but given that Haiti has been independent for, depending on if you track it from declaration or recognition, over or just under 200 years isn’t it odd that we’re still funding schools there to help kids get a basic education?

Now none of this reflects on individual Haitians who I work with now and have known over the years.  In fact just about every Haitian I’ve ever known has been a decent hard working guy,  but when it comes down to it there is a reason why people are so anxious to get the hell out of there.

Or as I like to put it concerning my own grandparents coming from Sicily, if it was a good place to live they would have stayed there and I’d be speaking Italian today.

The real sin of President Trump is saying aloud something everybody knows is true but nobody wants to admit in polite company.

I suggest the people having a fit would be well served to watch this video out of Harvard which seems particularly timely.

Because the problems in Haiti have nothing to do with race. They have everything to do with systemic corruption, Marxism and cronyism and those who exploit those weaknesses for their own gain. Unfortunately you can’t solve those problem until they are acknowledged and if you don’t dare acknowledge those problems because of the race they will be there forever.

Update PJMedia:

Tucker Carlson defended the president.

“The idea that you are not allowed to say that they’re pretty crummy countries, Haiti for example or El Salvador, I’ve been in both of them — that’s why people are leaving them to come here,” Carlson said. “So I don’t understand what the sin is. You’re not allowed to point out that other countries aren’t as good places to live as America?”

That’s right. There are sh!thole countries. If you live in a country with an unstable electrical grid, crumbling infrastructure, or people dying from medieval-era diseases, that’s a sh!thole. I wouldn’t want to live there and that’s why people in those countries want to GET OUT and come to America.

Remember the same people outraged about Trump description of Haiti are also outraged if you state that all women have vaginas

Time to interrupt my final two Stacy McCain posts to comment a little on the issues of the day/week.

There have been attacks in London and Paris this week.  In Paris the target was just one policeman in London the underground but the most amazing thing about both attacks is the continuing unwillingness of either people to fight back.

There was an altogether different incident in London this week as well where Transgender activists, beat up a 60 year old woman recording a feminist event at Hyde Park drawing the approval of at least one democrat candidate for congress in Massachusetts.  Apparently the new British culture of not fighting back doesn’t just extend to Islamist terror.

Ben Shapiro spoke at Berkeley this week and wrote of the lesson of his speeches.  The most important is one that our British friends might take not of, if the police are allowed to enforce the law, law  order and freedom of speech are upheld.

I suspect that the only thing I find less remarkable than this facebook story concerning targeting ads based on phrases concerning “jew hatred” is not very remarkable assumption b pro-publica that such a person would be on the right.  It has is a firm resolution of the media/left to ignore the rising antisemitism in their ranks for even very longer than my own resolution to not set up an account on facebook.

I’m old enough to remember when the media/left insisted that Scooter Libby had to be jailed over the Valerie Plame affair.  Strangely enough Susan Rice’s activities don’t seem to excite any worry at all to them, after all her targets were their political enemies.

The Red Sox failure to punish those behind the banner incident beyond ejection is going to encourage more of this at more Redsox Patriots Bruins and perhaps even Celtics games.  And while I agree with the Herald that it will hurt the left in the long run, it will also make these games much less enjoyable for those who enjoy sports so I don’t like the trade off.

Speaking of things that are bad press for the left it’s quite correct that Bernie Sanders who thought single payer was too expensive when the country’s population was smaller has frightened the left into signing on.  It’s things like this that are the best allies of a GOP that fails to satisfy it’s voters and a president who might consider doing the same.

Even worse for the left is the fact that many on their side, young, hip and of color are questioning it.  How soon will we see rebelling against the left PC become the next cool thing for the eternally bored young?

Andrew Breitbart told us that politics is downstream from culture, Phelim McAleer with his Ferguson play has taken these words to heart and is going to make sure some of that truth gets downstream.  Would that more of those on the right, particularly those who waste their funds on consultants, did so too.

Finally I find reading “Chelsea” Manning play the victim over losing a visiting fellowship at the Kennedy School at Harvard when she will still be given a speaking slot at the most prestigious  almost as amazing as the initial invitation.  Then again considering what I saw at Harvard last week, the idea that the Kennedy School, as in John Fitzgerald Kennedy war hero,  would honor a traitor who is only free from a 35 year jail sentence because we elected a president with a great affection for enemies of America does not seem that amazing at all.

Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson at an Occupy Chicago rally

By John Ruberry

In regards to police, I learned as a child one basic lesson: do what they say and obey the law. But during my childhood in the late 1960s is when the anti-cop movement began. Some of that bias is understandable, given the overt racism of such police leaders as Birmingham, Alabama’s “Bull” Connor. In 1968, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley’s police clubbed and tear gassed anti-war protesters on live TV as the Democratic National Convention was being held a few miles away. The protesters disciples of Gandhi, they tossed rocks, boulders, and bags of feces mixed with urine at the cops.

The mayhem helped elect Richard M. Nixon president.

Polls  conducted after the DNC determined that most Americans favored Daley’s clampdown on the protesters, but Chicago’s Boss, a Democrat, was hated by the what was then called the New Left until his death in office eight years later.

But the New Left is now the Left and it makes up the bulk of the contemporary Democratic Party.

Details are still sketchy on the death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown earlier this month in Ferguson, Missouri. It appears he did not obey the law–it’s believed Brown stole $48 worth of cigars in a strongarm robbery and he may have rushed the police before a police officer fatally wounded him. Brown probably didn’t properly respond  to what the Ferguson cops told him to do.

The unworthy successors of Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement, leftist race hustlers Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, utilize the police as a straw man enemy to obscure some painful facts. The great majority of blacks murdered are killed by other blacks. Most blacks are who are robbed are robbed by other blacks. The drug dealers in African-American neighborhoods are almost exclusively black.

F*ck the Police rally in Chicago, 2012
F*ck the Police rally in Chicago, 2012

So no one should be surprised that within just a few hours of Brown’s death, some Ferguson residents were chanting, “Kill the police!” As I write this post, Jackson and Sharpton are in Ferguson.

Two years ago I went undercover and walked in an Occupy Chicago-affiliated “F*ck the Police” rally.

America’s first black president, Barack Obama, betrayed his anti-police bias when, bereft of most of the facts, he declared that the police acted “stupidly” when a Massachusetts cop arrested a Harvard professor when it appeared he was breaking into a home five years ago, which turned out to be his own. Charges were dropped against Gates, and the  justifiable backlash led Obama to call his bias-slip “a teachable moment.”

Police officers put their lives on the line every day they arrive at work.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

Forty-one years earlier, Obama’s friend and unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers was arrested at one of the anti-war protests during the Democratic National Convention.

It’s the left-wing circle of life.

Yeah, I know there are a few bad police officers who abuse their power, as there are in all professions. But life is much easier when you listen to cops.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

When Elizabeth Scalia linked to this post that claimed Harvard was hosting a black mass it didn’t faze or shock me.  Given the disdain for Catholic Belief in academia why would anyone expect them to act otherwise?

But when I saw this update to the story:

Following up on this post, I have made a couple of phone calls to the The Cambridge Queen’s Head where Madelyn, an events manager, first promised to “research this”, saying that her computers were down. During a subsequent conversation, sounding very flustered, she and told me she had no comment to offer at the moment. Confirming that she is the Events manager, she promised a response later today.

She did confirm to another caller that the Harvard Cultural Exchange is having an event there, on May 12.

UPDATE: I just spoke to Priya Dua, PR director for The Satanic Temple and she has confirmed that yes, they have obtained and will use a Consecrated Host during this “re-enactment”. She is hopefully putting me in touch with someone who will answer my questions about how the Host was obtained, what they think they’re doing by using a Consecrated, as opposed to unconsecrated Host, and more.

my jaw dropped.

A consecrated host is the actual body of Christ.  For a ceremony desecrating it being hosted on Harvard would seem to cross several lines, lines that I suspect would never be crossed if such an event was being hosted that desecrated a holy object associated with a certain Religion of Peace™.

But not to worry, Harvard University being a bastion of tolerance and respect for the religious sensitivities would surely in their official capacity put out a strong official response to such an event and action by a club bearing the schools name to make it very clear that such an act of intolerance would not be sanctioned or tolerated by any group bearing the Harvard name...

Official Response to Cultural Studies Event

 
May 07, 2014

An independent student organization, the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club, plans to host a controversial student event involving a historical reenactment of a black mass ceremony that has a narrator providing historical context and background.

Students at Harvard Extension School, like students at colleges across the nation, organize and operate a number of independent student organizations, representing a wide range of student interests.

Harvard Extension School does not endorse the views or activities of any independent student organization. But we do support the rights of our students and faculty to speak and assemble freely.

In this case, we understand that this independent student organization, the Cultural Studies Club, is hosting a series of events—including a Shinto tea ceremony, a Shaker exhibition, and a Buddhist presentation on meditation—as part of a student-led effort to explore different cultures. 

Media inquiries should be directed to Jeff Neal, jeff_neal@harvard.edu, in the Harvard University Public Affairs and Communications Office. 

…or not.

I would note this is an OFFICIAL response from the official Harvard .edu site.

I gave them a call at 617-495-4024, they referred all inquires to Mr. Neal of Harvard Public Affairs at the e-mail above but would not give me a phone number so I did a google search and found this site and called the number listed for the vice president for public affairs and communications at 617.495.1585  I was told by a very polite lady that Mr. Neil was in a meeting and that if I was on deadline I should send an e-mail marked URGENT.

I’ll be sending the e-mail updating this story as I get responses but I can’t help but remember this Mark Steyn piece from 2012:

Pamela Geller was struck by that ad The New York Times ran the other day, “It’s Time To Quit The Catholic Church“, an “open letter to ‘liberal’ and ‘nominal’ Catholics”. So she sent in her own ad, “It’s Time To Quit Islam“, an “open letter to ‘moderate’ Muslims”. Analogous artwork, same pitch, only difference being the intended target. The Times’ Senior Vice-President for Corporate Hogwash called to tell Miss Geller that – surprise! surprise! – they were way less eager to rush this one into print:

Bob Christie, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for the New York Times, just called me to advise me that they would be accepting my ad, but considering the situation on the ground in Afghanistan, now would not be a good time, as they did not want to enflame an already hot situation. They will be reconsidering it for publication in “a few months.”

So I said to Mr. Christie, “Isn’t this the very point of the ad? If you feared the Catholics were going to attack the New York Times building, would you have run that ad?”

Thus the courage of the secular left: If you’re going to be “provocative”, it’s best to do it with people who can’t be provoked. Pamela is right. If you want to be treated with respect by The New York Times and the rest of the multiculti establishment, make it clear you’re willing to kill them. That’s an interesting message to send.

As Glenn Reynolds has repeatedly put it: May they have joy of the incentive system they’re creating.

Update:  Just saw this from the Anchoress who has had further response from the Satanic Temple:

During our exchange, Greaves remarked that his group “had never brought up the idea of using a consecrated host” in their public material, and seemed puzzled to be asked about it. “It wouldn’t make a difference. We don’t believe in any supernatural power. Consecrated or unconsecrated, it’s just a cracker.” He and his group are, he said, “Satanist/Atheists” who have never before hosted a Black Mass before.

If this is the case then I would ask why they are being hosted by the Harvard Cultural Studies group.  After all if they are not “true Satanists” and are simply a group out to make a point where is the cultural significance?  She continued

I asked if obtaining a Consecrated Host through stealth — and using it for an “intellectual” exercise that would constitute grave abuse to believing Catholics — would pose an ethical dilemma for them which could affect their credibility. Greaves wondered whether anyone connected with the group “would waste time going to all that trouble. The odds are almost zero.”

Trouble, given that there are masses celebrated all over the area every single day and given that many people receive communion in the hand rather than on the tongue there would be little  “trouble” involved it getting a host.

He didn’t seem to have the same sentiments in his interview with Campus reform from the 6th:

 

Greaves confirmed the ritual will use a “host” although as the group doesn’t believe in the “supernatural elements,” he couldn’t call it a “consecrated host” as Catholics do.

“Consecrated or not, it means nothing to us,” he said.

 

Apparently it meant something in terms of PR because Elizabeth Scalia got a follow up call

Oddly enough after that conversation, surprise, surprise Elizabeth got a call back from the Satanic Temple

Not long after our conversation ended, Priya Dua called me again saying that there has been a “miscommunication” between members of the organization and that “there will not be a Consecrated Host used at the Black Mass.” She had no further information for me on how the miscommunication had occurred, and could not tell me what sort of unconsecrated bread would be used, or from where it would be obtained.

Strangely enough he seemed

How about that!

Ok so let’s get this straight then:

The Harvard Cultural Studies group is hosting an event on campus that includes a Satanic Black Mass from a group that claims not to actually believe in Satan never performed a Black Mass and when called on to explain the university’s position  equated a Black Mass to a Shinto tea ceremony and Buddhist meditation.

FYI if you google “diversity & “tolerance” at harvard this is the gum that comes up from the Harvard School of Public Health

we are committed to tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect everywhere within our community, and we hereby affirm our promise to provide a welcoming place for one and all. 

Meanwhile we are further told that the Satanic Temple does not only doesn’t actually believe in Satan, really isn’t going to use a consecrated host after confirming that they were and it’s all just a misunderstanding that wasn’t meant to offend anybody even though the claim a it’s no big deal either way.

Maybe it’s just me but these people don’t seem trustworthy. In fact I seem to recall a expert on Satan noting some credibility issues concerning those who follow Satan in the past:

You belong to your father the devil and you willingly carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies.

As Harvard has a divinity school I trust they can figure out the source of this quote.

It’s in moments like this that I really miss having Michael Graham around here.

Update 2: The posts just keep coming:

Deacon Greg: What the Hell is Harvard Thinking

A reader on Facebook was quick to point out that, technically, the Extension School isn’t quite the same as the university; it uses its name, but not much else.

But that name still counts for something. Doesn’t it?

Read a cursory summary of Harvard’s history on its website. It begins with a baptism, when John Harvard joined the church at St. Saviour’s Church in London in 1607. It continues with John Harvard willing his library and estate to the school in 1638. It mentions prominently the school’s first president, Rev. Henry Dunster, and the legendary preacher Increase Mather, Harvard’s first Doctor of Divinity. It notes that eight Harvard alumni signed the Declaration of Independence. And on and on, through presidents and prize winners, across the centuries.
The school’s roots are in religion, and in Truth; it’s one word motto, “Veritas,” says it all.

But now it finds itself inexplicably linked to a splinter Satanic cult which, using the name of Harvard, intends to enact a ritual that will desecrate the Body of Christ.

Rebecca Hamliton

 

It turns out that yes indeed, Harvard is playing host to the black mass folks, and at least one of them is claiming that they’re managed to procure a consecrated host to use in this little alternative culture extravaganza. Others of them aren’t so sure they have a host, and after thinking it over (and getting flak from The Anchoress) they’ve announced that, even though they have — or don’t have, depending on who’s doing the talking — a consecrated host, they won’t be using it (if they do have it) at their shindig.

Of course, Satan is the father of lies, and these are his disciples, so who knows if they have a consecrated host or not? Who knows if they’ll use it?

In an interview on Mobile Movement, the leader of this hardy band of the damned first says that they do, in fact, worship Satan. Then, he goes off on a riff about literary constructs, referencing Milton and Anatole France. Since, as I said earlier, Satan is the father of lies, I don’t think it matters all that much what this guy says. Believe it or don’t, as you it suits you. But, if you’re smart, don’t bet anything valuable on it.

 

Meanwhile Deacon Greg has heard back from these guys:

 

I am writing on behalf of The Satanic Temple to relay that there will NOT be a consecrated host at the Black Mass. This was a miscommunication on our part and want to let you know that we respect all religions and don’t want anyone to feel offended. We understand the powerful role that the Eucharist plays in the Christian religion and in no way want to appear as though we don’t respect your traditions. Elizabeth Scalia of Patheos is in the process of modifying her article to represent this. Please remove the current article you have posted and replace it with the one that will soon be available.

 

Please REMOVE? not update, Remove?

That e-mail confirms this is now officially a PR disaster for Harvard and apparently the Satanic Temple as well. It will become more so one once prominent Catholic alums, The Archdiocese of Boston and Nancy Pelosi’s office are asked about it.

Mark Shea absolutely nails it:

Demonstrating once again the back-handed compliment that the devil always pays to Jesus Christ, the blasphemy is directed, not toward Zeus, Quetzelcoatl or Mars, but toward the one true God. In turn, blasphemy always destroys, not God, who cannot be harmed, but the blasphemy, who makes himself utterly small when God desires to exalt him and give him joy.

So tragic. Pray for the poor souls who are opening themselves to very dark things with this act. Also, pray for Harvard, which would never think of allowing acts of blasphemy targeting Jews or Muslims, but which casually embraces the Last Acceptable Prejudice.

The Python skit he links is hilarious.

Update 3:  Just got off the phone with the embassy of the Vatican Embassy and was informed any action or response would come from Cardinal O’Malley’s office in Boston as Harvard is within the Archdiocese of Boston.  I’ve left a phone & e-mail message with them and will update you with any response that comes.

Update 4:  The Catholic league weighs in

The statement did not say what was “controversial” about these three events. Of greater interest to the Catholic League is the glaring omission: it never mentioned the Satanic Temple’s “Black Mass.” Yet if Shinto, Shaker and Buddhist presentations are so controversial that they demand an explanation, why wasn’t this deliberate assault on Catholic sensibilities mentioned? This was not an oversight.

On the plus side of all of this the number of prayers for all of those involved is likely to be significant.

Update 5:  OK it’s everywhere:

Nice Deb at

Breitbart:

 

The Cultural Studies Club characterizes the event as a “reenactment” to be “performed” by The Satanic Temple, but reportedly, the group has obtained and will be using a Consecrated Eucharistic Host – making the event as real as it gets as far as the Catholic Church is concerned.

The Black Mass is “a magical ceremony and inversion or parody of the Catholic Mass that was indulged in ostensibly for the purpose of mocking God and worshipping the devil; a rite that was said to involve human sacrifice as well as obscenity and blasphemy of horrific proportions.”

According to their website, the Satanic Temple’s mission is “to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people.” How mocking the Catholic Church accomplishes that is anyone’s guess.

 

Good question.

CNS News:

A non-consecrated communion host will be used in the reenactment, according to Lucien Greaves, spokesman for The Satanic Temple.

Is it just me or is Greaves making it up as he goes along?

The Tea Party News Network

 

While Harvard claims the university does not sanction or condone the event, it is being officially taking place on the university’s campus.

 

Would they react the same way to a Koran burning on campus

Catholicism.org

Priya Dua, of The Satanic Temple’s Public Relations office confirmed to us in an e-mail that “Yes, there will be a consecrated host at the black mass.

An email? That’s confirmation in writing isn’t it?

Lisa Grass

If you are Catholic, please contact Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston and ask him to do something about this.

Me I’d suggest contacting Harvard grads in the senate and House.

Deacon Mike

Reminder: Satan is real and so is devil worship.

Yup.

Domine, da mihi hanc aquam!

Harvard’s Puritan founders must be spinning in their graves.

In fairness they never cared much for the Catholic Church.

Tom McDonald: Real Satanists Don’t Send Press Releases

American neo-Satanism is all just a big act from people who want attention.

I do believe they intended to use a consecrated host, because in their first response they claimed they had one. I can’t imagine they care at all that desecration of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ is wicked, offensive, and hurtful to millions of people. They want us to be hurt. That’s why they’re doing it: to wound people they do not even know, because in their philosophy we are beneath contempt, and because they don’t believe they’re actually doing anything at all. They obviously don’t believe in the Real Presence, so it’s a all a big lark to them, regardless of the good people who will weep at the very thought of it. They want those people to weep, and in this way they are truly doing the Devil’s work.

See, they may not believe in Satan, but Satan believes in them, and he knows Useful Idiots when he sees them.

You might ask, “Hey DaTechGuy why haven’t you called Priya Dua or Lucien Greaves and ask them directly.

I say Why would I waste my time on people that have given different answers to different people both in writing and over the phone over the last 24 hours? If they don’t like it then I shall give them Spock’s answer from The Alternative Factor:

Incidentally Harvard’s official statement has been altered to include this statement from the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club

We are hosting a reenactment of a historical event known as a Black Mass. The performance is designed to be educational and is preceded by a lecture that provides the history, context, and origin of the Black Mass. While a piece of bread is used in the reenactment, the performance unequivocally does not include a consecrated host. Our purpose is not to denigrate any religion or faith, which would be repugnant to our educational purposes, but instead to learn and experience the history of different cultural practices. This performance is part of a larger effort to explore religious facets that continue to influence contemporary culture.

Sincerely,

Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club

It’s amazing how quickly people start running when the light starts to shine.

Update 6:  The Anchoress updates with two killer lines, one concerning the obfuscation from the Satanic temple

If I want finessing and word games, I’d cover politicians.

OUCH!  I don’t know who should be more insulted the Satanic Temples or politicians.  As for Harvard which is reaping the whirlwind

I think it would be a very good thing if Harvard — which is being sullied by association in this exercise hosted by the Harvard Extension — suggested that this particular “educational” performance find another, ahem,host.

That’s pretty good advice.  Will they be smart enough to take it?

Update 7:   I received this e-mail from the Archdiocese of Boston:

STATEMENT OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON
The Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Boston expresses its deep sadness and strong opposition to the plan to stage a “black mass” on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge.
 
For the good of the Catholic faithful and all people, the Church provides clear teaching concerning Satanic worship.  This activity separates people from God and the human community, it is contrary to charity and goodness, and it places participants dangerously close to destructive works of evil. 

In a recent statement, Pope Francis warned of the danger of being naïve about or underestimating the power of Satan, whose evil is too often tragically present in our midst.  We call upon all believers and people of good will to join us in prayer for those who are involved in this event, that they may come to appreciate the gravity of their actions, and in asking Harvard to disassociate itself from this activity.

They invoked Pope Francis, that’s bad news for Harvard.

…moving back to the old Jew Hating days of yesteryear.

There is a pretty clear pattern here–again, assuming that the five nearly-simultaneous sales of shares in Israeli companies were not coincidental. Harvard is happy to do business with oppressors–real oppressors, that is–as long as there is enough money in it. China and Saudi Arabia have, in sheer monetary terms, a lot to offer. But taking a “principled” stand against Israel, still the Middle East’s only democracy (unless you count Iraq, on which the jury is still out) and the only country in the region with a Western human rights sensibility, is cost-free. Sort of like banning military recruiters.

The difference between courage and cravenness is being willing to stand up when it actually costs you something. “Standing up” to Israel costs Harvard on money or reputation among the elites, it risks no anger to among those who shower them with money, yet it allows them to think of themselves as “moral”.

Alas this decision costs nothing of Harvard, except Honor, and it has been a long time since Harvard valued that word.

That fact even more than the disinvestment is the true tragedy here.

Memeorandum thread here.